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Environmental Science

ENVS 382 Research in Dendrochronology (4)

Dendrochronology, or the science of tree rings, is a fascinating and easily accessible form of proxy data used to interpret physical, biological and cultural events in the past. By dating tree rings to their exact year of formation you can discern temporal and spatial patterns of a variety of processes impacting trees including, vegetation dynamics, climate, air pollution, landslides, glacial advance, lake level change, fire, and insect outbreaks. In this course you will get an introduction to dendrochronology, including the breadth of the field and the mechanics of the data collection and analysis of tree rings. Through lecture, discussion, lab and field exercises, and collaborative research students will learn the principles of dendrochronology and how they can be applied to understand the environmental information a tree records in its annual growth rings. Students will employ their dendrochronological knowledge and skills to complete a research project.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Natural Sciences
  • Prerequisite: ENVS 121
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Arabas

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